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Posted: 8/21/2017 5:14:15 PM EDT
Here it is.....  The Official student build thread for 2017-18.    

Arfcom has been an priceless partner for the last two builds, and I wouldn't want to start without you.  You folks have made these displays go far beyond my wildest dreams of success.   Thanks again for coming along on the adventure.  

My students show up on Wednesday this week.    I grabbed my buddy, the head custodian, and we talked over the plan for this year's build.  He's got some great ideas for the lay out and gave me his approval for the details I've got planned for the display area.  This is his last semester, as he retires in Jan.   He might have to come back in the spring, just to help hang this thing.  


We are going to build a Baldwin 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive and tender, similar to "Jupiter", the Central Pacific's engine at Promontory Summit's Golden Spike ceremony.  Edited to clarify, it will be a "Union Pacific" dressed locomotive.  I might get away with a German Uboat hanging in our school, but putting up a Central Pacific themed engine would get me run out of the state......

The importance of the railroad to Wyoming's history, as well as our Nation, seems to make this a good topic for the kids, and will go well with the rest of our displays.  

Our scale will be slightly over 1/3rd.    The locomotive and tender should be somewhere around 16ft long, 4ft tall, and the traditional 30" wide....hahahahahahaha....     Some of you will understand why that's so funny.  We will hopefully have a track, and a bridge spanning the display area between our wolf and grizzly bear.   Murals will definitely be involved, maybe something depicting the Native Americans.   Possibly a teepee?   The custodial thought we should have a train whistle at 8 am and 3:20pm.   I like that.    Maybe get the wheels turning on the train at times during the day, maybe a light and bell too?  Robotics has a new teacher this year, and he says he's "in".  

I had to do a presentation on these builds for a 6 district work day last week and had a 7th grade math teacher from my district ask to be involved with the scaling.   That is pretty cool; so his kids will work with our references to get us the correct measurements.   It should be fun to see if they take some ownership in this when they get to the high school in a couple years.  

I'll get some pictures of the room tomorrow.  

Here are a few of the references I found this afternoon.  








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In again.
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In on page One!

And tagged...
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Dang-
We're back in class already?

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AWESOME
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IN

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Page 1 Tag!

Can't wait to follow this again!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:29:17 PM EDT
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In!
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Taggage
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:33:56 PM EDT
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In. These builds are always fun to follow along.
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In.  
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In!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:39:54 PM EDT
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My father-in-law was a 10,000 hour volunteer at the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento where the remaining Central Pacific locomotives are displayed.  He would have approved of this thread.  


This thread is tagged so CarbineMom doesn't dope slap me.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:43:20 PM EDT
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We're back in class already?

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No shit, right?  


Back the 16th of Aug for us teachers.
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And tagged...
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In on 1!
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In
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When can we order the loco door gunner t-shirt?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:58:15 PM EDT
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Working scale replica of a steam locomotive?!?!?! Tagging to follow along...
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:59:37 PM EDT
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In for my 16 year old son, the steam train enthusiast.

Where do you teach these students?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:00:49 PM EDT
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Tag
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:01:03 PM EDT
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Love these threads.

IN!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:01:23 PM EDT
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Small air compressor, tank and real horns would be kewl.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:03:26 PM EDT
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Good views of all the bits and bobs...

4-4-0 link
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:05:06 PM EDT
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Neat...


And another chance to relish the joys of spoked wheel glory.






Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:06:17 PM EDT
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In on another great thread.
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In on 1 sweet!!! Always the best threads, love reading them. Hers to some good luck on your project even tho they are always top notch.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:08:32 PM EDT
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Hell, yeah! Can't wait to see the next installment.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:11:33 PM EDT
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What, no 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy"?    

Cool, I can't wait to see how it turns out OP!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:20:09 PM EDT
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Count me in !
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:21:09 PM EDT
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Nice!
I'm sure that this will be every bit as great as the other projects!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:24:36 PM EDT
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Excellent!  Glad to be back in school
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IN

Thanks guns
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:27:24 PM EDT
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these threads are awesome!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:28:32 PM EDT
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In for the T-shirt.  
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who said you could use my likeness without my permission?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:30:07 PM EDT
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In to see how this transpires, since I was in on the thread asking about examples of 1890s locomotives.
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Where do you teach these students?
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Powell High School,
Powell Wyoming.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:32:18 PM EDT
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Not a working replica; just looks, sounds, and hopefully moves it's wheels like  a real one.  
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I like that.

You guys always come up with the best ideas.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:33:39 PM EDT
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In on another terrific edutainment thread!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:33:49 PM EDT
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Former RR-er here.  All in on this one for sure!
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I first dismissed this, but it's an intriguing idea.  I will pass it along to robotics.

What always makes these builds so amazing is the incredible ideas arfcom comes up with.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:35:35 PM EDT
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Great choice Guns! Looking forward to seeing it come together.
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Neat...


And another chance to relish the joys of spoked wheel glory.






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Yeah...   real funny.

Luckily we've learned a lot since the Stagecoach build, and the wheels aren't so intimidating.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:36:32 PM EDT
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Page Uno.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:36:50 PM EDT
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Tagged for another awesome build.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 6:40:53 PM EDT
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In on another great thread from  Gun's &
His students  
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